PETERS LONG DAYTONA WAIT ALMOST OVER Mt. Juliet, TN - (February 10, 2006) Second year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Timothy Peters has been waiting a long time to race at Daytona International Speedway. As a rookie with no ...
PETERS LONG DAYTONA WAIT ALMOST OVER
Mt. Juliet, TN - (February 10, 2006) Second year NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Timothy Peters has been waiting a long time to race at Daytona International Speedway. As a rookie with no superspeedway experience Peters was denied the opportunity to compete at the famed 2.5 mile tri-oval in 2005. Instead he served as the spotter for Casey Atwood. When the green flag falls for the GM Fuel Flex 250 on Friday night he will finally get his chance to tackle one of NASCAR's most hallowed venues with 35 of his closest rivals.
"Racing at Daytona is something that I looked forward to for a long time," Peters said. "At the test it was like going to drafting school. I went out and followed Bobby for a while and I learned a lot. After that we went back out to draft and he roughed me up a little bit. He shoved me, he crowded me, he drove me out of bounds and he pinched me down on the bottom. He did that to show me what it would be like in the race and he is a heck of a teacher I can tell you that. He gave me a good feel for how those different scenarios effect the aero on these trucks. Our trucks were really good in the draft and I think we can make some minor adjustments to make them run better by themselves between now and when we come back in February."
Peters has a new crew chief for 2006. Kip McCord. McCord has a track record of providing young drivers with their first NASCAR touring series wins. In all McCord has been part of 5 driver's first NASCAR career win - Mike Alexander (1987) Bobby Hamilton (1989) David Green (1991) Casey Atwood (1999) Chaffin (2004). Peters indicates that so far the pair has been on the same page.
"At testing in Daytona, we were laughing and joking", Peters noted. "We got the test under our belt and it all worked like we had been together for ten years. Right now, we're just getting ready for the first race and doing our homework. Everything is gelling really well. I know all we had was our test at Daytona, but as far as communication goes, we didn't have any problems. As far as working out some bugs, we worked on that a lot. That's what has gotten me so pumped up. Getting to drive full time with Dodge behind me and with Kip calling the shots is great. With the team I have in the pits, I know that getting in and out of the pits is not going to be a problem. The communication we have is probably better than with any team I've ever been involved with."
Crew Chief Kip McCord on the Daytona Chassis: We choose to go with Rudolph, one of our older but more accomplished chassis for Daytona. It has had some success at Daytona in the past. Chase Montgomery drove it at Daytona last year and was going for second place when he got swept up in one of those traditional Daytona big wrecks. It is a good truck and things went well at the test so we are optimistic."